Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for the day

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for the day

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for the day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Chinese proverb After visiting  the girl I sponsor in The Gambia, we set off to visit Lamin’s family who live just up the road, in a...
Visiting my sponsored child in The Gambia

Visiting my sponsored child in The Gambia

In 2005 I started sponsoring a little girl in The Gambia. She was just 6 years old. A few months later I visited The Gambia for the first time and, of course, I arranged to visit her, her school and her family. Nearly 8 years later I am still sponsoring her and...
Light up a village – Solar power spreads across West Africa

Light up a village – Solar power spreads across West Africa

I recently shared with you the wonderful welcome we received in the village of Kanuma in my post On the Trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma. This was a great experience for all of us, a real treat, but the main reason we visited this remote West African village...
On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma

On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma

When I heard (on Twitter) that a kumpo, a mystical character of the West African Jola tribe, had been spotted near the village of Kanuma, just a few hours drive from where we were staying in The Gambia, there was only one thing for it; I was determined to arrange...
Light up a village – Solar power spreads across West Africa

Always a warm welcome in The Gambia

In the very early hours last Friday morning my alarm went off. Finally the day had arrived and it was time to start the journey that I had been looking forward to for months. Seven of us were heading off to The Gambia for a few full-on days of exploration, adventure...
Travel bloggers in The Gambia

Travel bloggers in The Gambia

In less than two weeks I’ll be returning to The Gambia in West Africa. I’m very excited about this particular visit as this time, I’m taking 6 fantastic travel bloggers with me for the very first bloggers press trip to this wonderful...
Gunpowder Green Tea in The Gambia

Gunpowder Green Tea in The Gambia

If you have ever been to The Gambia, or indeed any of the surrounding West African countries, you will no doubt have seen the local men gathered together around a small teapot. This well-loved past time involves a lot of chattering while drinking scolding hot and...
Go wild in West Africa

Go wild in West Africa

The Gambia is a great place to visit, especially to escape Europe’s winter, if you are after sunshine and beautiful, uncrowded beaches. However, as those of you who have followed me for a while will know from my previous posts, this wonderful, West African...
Smile

Smile

This week’s travel snap is also my entry for Round 46 of Travel Photo Roulette with the theme of ‘Smile’. If you’d like to enter you’ll find all the details and all the entries on the website 2Away who are the hosts for this round. I...
A crocodile, a tree house and a cool Julbrew!

A crocodile, a tree house and a cool Julbrew!

Sip a cool Julbrew, the locally brewed beer, while looking out for the crocodile that lurks in the freshwater creek a few feet away. Perhaps eat lunch in the tree house while watching exotic birds flitting between the branches. A gentle breeze from the nearby ocean...
Smiles at Sanyang Fishing Village

Smiles at Sanyang Fishing Village

The Gambia is justifiable known as ‘The smiling coast of Africa’ as everywhere you go you will find a smile to greet you. These two ladies, cleaning fish at Sanyang at the leisurely pace that is typical of this little West African country, were only too...
Daughter of the Jola Tribe

Daughter of the Jola Tribe

Back in 2007, I spent a wonderful day at a Jola’s initiation festival in The Gambia, West Africa. While taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the festivities, sitting on a rug under the shade of a tree with friends, one of the girls asked if she could...

A black cat and a blue flip-flop

Last December when I visited the small West African country, The Gambia, I enjoyed a wonderful morning learning how to cook a traditional Gambian meal with the charismatic Ida in her family home. By lunchtime the smells from the cooking pot were driving us all to...
The rules of wuri!

The rules of wuri!

Ida teaching tourists to play an ancient traditional game from West Africa is this week’s travel snap. I love the expressions on their faces. Can anyone beat Ida? I first came across the game of wuri when I saw a family playing it in a back street in Mindelo on...
The Gambian Cookbook

The Gambian Cookbook

When I received a copy of a new cookbook through the post I eagerly ripped open the parcel, as I’d been looking forward to reading The Gambian Cookbook – Recipes from the Smiling Coast, ever since I’d been asked by the authors to review it. My first...

Cooking with Ida – Fish Benechin from West Africa

Following on from my earlier post about World Food Night, featuring a colourful bowl of fish benechin, I wanted to share with you the wonderful morning I spent with Ida Cham-Njai learning how to cook Gambian style! I joined a small group of tourists on Ida’s...

The grandchildren of the wise man of Makasutu Forest

Just a few miles north-east of Brikama, which is the second largest town in The Gambia, you will find Makasutu Forest, a lush green wilderness fed by a tributary of the River Gambia. Now a private eco-reserve with a handful of luxury lodges, the owners have worked...
Interview: International chef Jonathan Groves in The Gambia

Interview: International chef Jonathan Groves in The Gambia

Have you ever cooked for 900 people for a wedding and have 1,500 turn up! No, unsurprisingly, me neither. Jonathan Groves, the superb chef at Ngala Lodge has. Last month, while staying at this beautiful boutique hotel in The Gambia, West Africa, I was lucky enough to...

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